Welcome to the website of Sir Cyril Taylor GBE

Sir Cyril TaylorSir Cyril Taylor is the Founder and Chairman of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) which he founded in 1964. AIFS organises annually cultural and educational exchange programmes throughout the world for some 30,000 students from 100 countries. Over two million students have enrolled in AIFS programmes since 1964.

 Sir Cyril also serves as Chancellor and Founder of Richmond, The American International Univesity in London.

In 1987 Sir Cyril was appointed founder Chairman of the City Technology Colleges Trust, subsequently the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and served in this voluntary, unpaid capacity until December 2007.  During this period 90% of all English secondary schools became either specialist or academy schools.  He continues to serve as a Trustee of the SSAT Council.  From 1987 to 2007 Sir Cyril served as Adviser to ten successive Secretaries of State for Education on the specialist schools and academies initiative.